KUALA LUMPUR: The entire Olympic and Paralympic contingent at Rio 2016 were honored at the Dewan Rakyat on Monday.
Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin, moved a motion to “recognise and record” the Dewan’s utmost appreciation to the contingents, adding it was Malaysia’s best-ever performance at both Games.
Khairy said moments of unity were created by the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic contingent through their historic achievements, especially the athletes who won medals for Malaysia.
In reading the motion, Khairy said the Dewan Rakyat agrees with Government’s decision to give incentives to both able bodied and disabled athletes who have won medals, as well as imploring the private sector, media and general public to maintain their level of support to Malaysian athletes.
“This House supports all efforts to maintain the momentum of Malaysia’s sporting success towards the SEA Games and the Para ASEAN Games at Kuala Lumpur 2017.
“In agreeing to the above, this House calls upon all parties to give their unequivocal support in achieving the national agenda of establishing Malaysia as a sporting nation,” said Khairy.
Several Olympic and Paralympic athletes as well as the Chef de Missions were also present at the Dewan Rakyat while the motion was read.
Among those who were present include diving queen Pandelela Rinong, track cyclist Azizulhasni Awang, Paralympic shot putt athlete Muhaammad Ziyad Zolkefli, long jumper Abdul Latif Romly and Siti Noor Radiah Ismail.
Also present were the Chef de Missions Tan Sri Dr Mohamed Al Amin Abdul Majid and Dr Ang Kean Koo.
Malaysia won four silver and one bronze medal at the Rio Olympics while the Paralympic contingent brought back three gold medals and a bronze.